Vista bans indoor e-cigarette smoking

VISTA, Calif. – A smoking method considered a “cleaner alternative” to lighting up a cigarette is still not acceptable enough for the City of Vista.

The City Council voted 4 to 1 Tuesday evening to ban e-cigarettes from being used indoors at restaurants and most public places. They said the main reason is for enforcement, claiming it would cause some confusion between e-cigarettes and regular ones.

Council’s decision has many residents applauding. Chris Lawrence knows he’ll never worry about cigarette smoke when in Vista.

“I don’t want it around me personally, especially don’t want it around my baby,” Lawrence said.

The e-cig devices are typically made of plastic or metal. They allow users to inhale a nicotine vapor rather than tobacco fumes and they don’t emit second hand smoke.

Gena Knutson is with North Coastal Prevention Coalition, an organization pushing for the ban.  She said the smokeless devices send the wrong message to younger generations.

“We’re hearing reports of these being used in middle schools and high schools,” Knutson said.  “If kids see these and use these, they could become more addicted to tobacco products and continue onto tobacco products.”

Mario Mendoza has smoked “vapes” for five months and feels burned by the city council decision.

“So, it’s not allowed anymore?” said Mendoza. “It’s not even bad. You’re smoking vapor. It doesn’t affect anyone actually.”

The ban will go into effect in about 30 days.


14 Comments to “Vista bans indoor e-cigarette smoking”

    Harvey said:
    October 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Unbelievable!! This article even states that e-cigs don't cause second hand smoke. And they say they're doing this because of enforcement? Because they wouldn't be able to distinguish between a real cigarette and a e-cig? Are you serious? The people that passed this law are saying that they can't distinguish between a real cigarette and a e-cig but they passed it anyways. Of course that makes sense. Ignorant and clueless Vista council.

    Novart said:
    October 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Take note of Gena Knutson – she is evil. She would rather millions of people die from horrible smoking diseases JUST so she can hold on to her anti-smoking job, rather than face the prospect of her job ever becoming obsolete.

    Esco said:
    October 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Another nanny-city, people are so petty now.
    So what's the consequences of violating this? Police involvement? Fines? Confiscation?

    vic said:
    October 24, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Common evil is seen with this council, something good comes out and its time to destroy it. All these foolish people and their non productive ways, why not focus on more important issues?

    Rsisco said:
    October 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    If Vista is worried about sending the wrong message to the younger generations, they may want to ban alcohol, short skirts, and anything else that might not be inappropriate in the city councils eyes. GET REAL. It’s not fair the governments are taking away everyone’s rights. I’m not a smoker, I just don’t feel they have the right to regulate everyone life.

    Fred Finizzi said:
    October 29, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    Better get rid of butter knives because kids might start stabbing people if they are allowed access to sharp knives.

    Keith Puryear said:
    November 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Was there any scientific data presented or just old anti-smoker prejudice.

    Larry said:
    November 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    It is funny they say there is not scientific evidence but there are already studies done for e cigs. They are worried what it may do to the younger generation that may get a bad idea from these devices but its ok for alcohol tobacco and gambling to push there products in a way that appeal to young people. This comes down to money… alcohol and tobacco are taxed and they pay for government jobs and for commercials they have the ability to control what they want the public to hear what direction they want the public to go by controlling the media and news. What are we cattle to be herded in a certain direction? Lets take time to read for are selves what is true or not.

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